MIOSHA announced that it will follow the recently published OSHA memorandum concerning enforcement of the Construction Silica Standard. The OSHA memo emphasizes a few positive and important points for employers:
A few important things to keep in mind:
MIOSHA, announced on September 22nd that it will follow the OSHA Memorandum including the enforcement date. OSHA began enforcing most provisions of the standard for construction on September 23, 2017, and will begin enforcing most provisions of the standard for general industry and maritime on June 23, 2018. MIOSHA regulations for silica in construction can be found in Part 690 Silica in Construction. Silica requirements for general industry can be found in Part 590 Silica in General industry.
Link to Memo
OSHA has released a Small Entity Compliance Guide for General Industry and Maritime to help small business employers comply with the agency's Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica. The guide describes the steps that employers are required to take to protect employees in general industry and maritime from the hazards associated with silica exposure. These requirements include:
The compliance guide can be downloaded from the OSHA web site. Federal OSHA Enforcement of the final rule in general industry and maritime is scheduled to begin June 23, 2018.